Clinical Preventive Service Recommendation
Grade: A recommendation
The AAFP recommends screening for high blood pressure in adults aged 18 years or older. The AAFP recommends obtaining measurements outside of the clinical setting for diagnostic confirmation before starting treatment. (2015)
Hypertension, Children and Adolescents
Grade: I recommendation
The AAFP concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms for screening for primary hypertension in asymptomatic children and adolescents to prevent subsequent cardiovascular disease in childhood or adulthood. (2013)
These recommendations are provided only as assistance for physicians making clinical decisions regarding the care of their patients. As such, they cannot substitute for the individual judgment brought to each clinical situation by the patient's family physician. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These recommendations are only one element in the complex process of improving the health of America. To be effective, the recommendations must be implemented.